Local doctor invents chewing gum to cure dry mouth - WFXG FOX54 Augusta - Your News One Hour Earlier

Local doctor invents chewing gum to cure dry mouth

Posted: Updated:
Georgia Regents University (WFXG) -

Dr. Stephen Hsu said he has always been well acquainted with green tea.

"I was a forced laborer in China. I was picking green tea and processing green tea," Dr. Hsu said. "I was benefiting green because of the conditions in China, in the rural country."

When he joined Georgia Regents University 15 years ago, he said he was determined to find a way everyone could benefit from the tea leaves.

"Green tea compounds can actuality help people to feel better in different ways," said Dr. Hsu.

One of those ways is helping with dry mouth.

Dr. Hsu and his team created green tea gum to attack the unpleasant problem head on.

"A lot of people are suffering from dry mouth and that is going to negatively impact their lifestyle, for eating, sleeping and many activities," Hsu said.

The gum is formed from green tea extract and other natural products. Dr. Hsu's said it has no side effects because green tea suppresses the body's inflammatory response.

But Hsu hasn't stopped there. His company Camellix, formed out of Georgia Regents University's business incubator program, has also developed shampoo, mouthwash and ointment for cold sores.

"The work that Dr. Hsu and his company are doing is very ground breaking, very relevant, timely and something that I think is a great story for how universities can make a difference in the marketplace," Dr. Chris McKinney, Associate VP, Technology Transfer & Economic Development at GRU.

Dr. Hsu said his products are sold locally but the company is in the process of expanding.

Powered by WorldNow